Below is an example of an NRSC release/statement that was sent out to state media and grassroots lists in Louisiana following the House vote this afternoon. Similar releases went out to a range of other key 2014 Senate race states as well where Democratic Senators are going to have a very difficult time addressing what is a very simple issue for most voters in their states.
U.S. House Sends A Simple Message To Mary Landrieu, Senate Democrats – “No Budget, No Pay”
WASHINGTON — For almost four years, Louisiana’s senior Senator Mary Landrieu and her fellow Democrats who run the Senate have refused to address the most basic responsibility of governing by passing a federal budget. Over this same time, the federal debt has skyrocketed past $16 trillion, with an additional $5.3 trillion in new debt and over $13 trillion in new government spending.
To that end, the Republican-led House today passed the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325) which sends a very simple message to Senate Democrats – if you don’t do your job and pass a budget, you don’t get paid. This bill now moves to the Senate where it awaits action by the Democrats.
“Every Louisiana family and small business owner understands you can’t spend money that you don’t have, but that message has been lost on Senator Landrieu over the last 17 years she’s been in Washington,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Brian Walsh said today. “Senator Landrieu and her fellow Democrats have shirked their most basic responsibilities and maxed out the government credit card to the tune of trillions and trillions in new debt.”
“It’s regrettable that it takes an act of Congress to force Senator Landrieu to simply do her job, but the voters of Louisiana have an opportunity to send her an even stronger message in next year’s election,” Walsh concluded.
The last time Senator Landrieu and her fellow Democrats passed a budget was on April 29, 2009. Speaker Boehner’s office earlier this week released a new graphic showing just some of the things that could have be done in a similar four-year span. For example: